ONE of the founding shops of Hereford's Old Market is to close next month. 

L'Occitane En Provence is a France-based chain selling skincare, bath and hair products, many of which are made with natural ingredients. 

But a spokesperson has now confirmed that the shop will be closing on Saturday, March 9, the day before Mother's Day. 


It opened on May 1, 2014 when the Old Market welcomed people for the first time.

Hereford Times: Shoppers flocking to L'Occitane when it opened in 2004Shoppers flocking to L'Occitane when it opened in 2004  

Its imminent closure means that it will be one of many shops that have shut at the Old Market over the years.  


Debenhams was its most high-profile casualty, departing in 2021. Other closures include Topshop, which is now Mountain Warehouse, Swarovski, and Paperchase, which has since turned into MenKind. 

As well as several high-street shops, Old Market is also home to many restaurants. 

Franky & Benny's, which opened in 2004, also closed in 2020, as did the Old Market's Prezzo and Chimichanga restaurants in 2018.

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Local businesses move in 

Local businesses have taken full advantage of the closures of a number of the chain restaurants at the Old Market, with the former Frankie and Benny's unit being taken over by the runaway local success, Beefy Boys. 

The Beefy Boys now have a total of three restaurants, including their flagship Hereford restaurant.

The empty Chimichanga unit was taken over by En BBQ, opening to customers in 2021, and the former Prezzo restaurant was taken over by Amazing Asia, which also opened in 2021.